New Delhi: In view of rising Covid-19 cases, government of India on Thursday announced to run the vaccination campaign throughout the month of April, including on gazetted holidays. Under this new guideline both public and private sector vaccination centres will be operationalised. The idea behind this decision is to optimally utilise all vaccination centres to rapidly increase the pace and coverage of the drive.
Beginning today, it had decided to inoculate all people above 45 years of age. This decision was based on the recommendation of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration.
Meanwhile, all states and Union Territories have also been asked to make arrangements for this, taking a significant step to exponentially expand the countrywide vaccination drive.
According to Press Information Bureau release, the government initiated these measures following deliberations with the states and Union Territories on March 31. It is in line with the graded and pro-active approach employed by the Centre, the release further said.
In recent weeks, the country has witnessed a resurgence in Covid-19 infections. Only today’s data alone saw the biggest daily surge in Covid cases since early October with 72,330 fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours which took the nationwide tally to 12,221,665, Union health ministry data showed on Thursday morning. The infection also cost the lives of 459 people in the said timeframe – up from 354 on Wednesday – which pushed the death toll to 1,62,927, the health ministry data showed.
Over the past few weeks, India has been recording a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, which has been termed as the second wave of infection by the experts. Last week, the number of daily cases were close to 60,000, concerning the government.